Parrots are, by nature, noisy animals but some parrot owners simply cannot stand it when their bird squawks. A small amount of squawking and screaming is normal in a Quaker parrot but when squawking episodes become frequent and extended it can be a sign of a serious problem. Before disciplining your parrot for squawking and before trying to change its behaviour, try to determine the reason for the squawking. Doing so will improve your chances of successfully reducing the squawking episodes.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Parrot seed
- Parrot toys
- Parrot treats
- Companion Quaker parrot
Position your Quaker parrot cage in a well-traveled room in your house where it will be able to see and interact with people frequently. Keeping your parrot closed away in an upstairs room will result in your parrot becoming bored or frustrated and it will voice its frustration by squawking and screaming.
Talk to your parrot frequently. This step will be much easier if you keep your parrot cage in a common room, such as the living room, where it will be nearby. Speaking to your parrot will help it to feel more included and less bored or neglected. A calm, contented parrot is less likely to have frequent squawking episodes.
Make sure that all of your parrot's basic needs are met. Squawking or screaming can sometimes be an indication of stress in Quaker parrots. Be sure that your parrot has enough food and water and that the cage has plenty of toys in it.
Ignore your parrot when it is squawking or exhibiting other negative behaviour. If you allow your parrot to learn that it will receive your attention when it squawks, your parrot will only begin to squawk more often.
Reward your Quaker parrot for good behaviour. When your parrot speaks calmly or remains quiet, reward it with a treat or with a few minutes of play time.
Avoid yelling at your parrot and never hit it or throw things at the cage to make your parrot stop squawking. These actions will only serve to alarm your parrot further, which could increase the intensity of the squawking. Being patient and loving toward your parrot is the best way to encourage it to change its behaviour.
Consider getting a second parrot. Having two parrots will ensure that your Quaker parrot always has someone to play with so it will not be bored and inclined to squawk.
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